The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shot for 12-15 year-olds Monday. It was welcome news for local pediatricians.
Between the winter season, testing and vaccines, Delmar Pediatrics is booked.
“In winter we always get sick kids,” said Delmar Pediatrics’ Dr. Holly Swanson. “We are getting busier. We’re getting a lot more positive cases than we did even a month go.”
What You Need To Know
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shot for 12-15 year-olds Monday
- The interval for the shot was also narrowed to five months from six
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does still need to approve the shot before its administered
Swanson attributes that to the omicron variant which is why she and her colleagues are encouraging their families to get the booster shot if eligible.
“Vaccines work. They boost your immune system. That is the whole point,” she said. “You get the whole vaccine, you get a certain amount immunity. When you get the booster, it boosts it even more.”
Supply of the vaccine was a challenge late last year for pediatricians around the Capital Region, but Swanson said her office has an ample amount on hand.
“We are ready to roll,” she said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does still need to approve the shot before its administered.